I moved to Los Angeles!
And even though I’m approaching my two week anniversary in my new place, it still doesn’t feel real. Everything came together so perfectly for me.
Here’s what happened:
It all started with my signing event in Pasadena with YA superstars Brigid Kemmerer and Nina Berry!
Brigid is on the left, Nina is on the right, and I’m in the middle of an awesome YA sandwich.
We had a wonderful time at Vroman’s bookstore! But I have to admit, I definitely geeked out when my best friend since preschool and her older brother showed up!
Gwyn has seen it all, including a rather embarrassing rattail/mullet hair disaster. I still can’t believe my mom wanted me to have that haircut.
Even as a clown, Gwyn is cooler than me. It’s just not fair, I tell you!
So having her at my book signing really meant a lot. And after the books were signed and cupcakes were consumed (Mmm…cupcakes!) I had an absolutely brilliant idea!
I was taking Gwyn to the RITAs.
For those of you who don’t obsess over the Romance Writers of America conference, let me explain.
The RITAs is like the Emmys. The Golden Globes. The Oscars.
EXCEPT EVEN BETTER!
Everyone dresses up in sparkly gowns and…it’s magical.
Just…trust me on this.
I teared up at the event. Not even kidding. It’s a very good thing that Gwyn was there to hold my hand through the whole thing, because I was so nervous during the award part.
I’m not sure I could handle the excitement if I was ever nominated. Honestly, I would rather have a RITA than a Pulitzer.
Anyhow, Gwyn took me to her apartment so that she could get dressed up for the event. And as I was admiring her super pretty bedroom and her view, she mentioned that she was moving into her boyfriend’s place. Which meant that if I wanted to rent the apartment, that could be easily arranged.
A week later she picked me up from my dad’s place and I moved in.
She pulled up in a limo! Okay, I’m lying. This is from our high school graduation party.
Gwyn also laughed pretty hard when she discovered that my romance novels outnumbered my clothes.
By a lot.
So now I have a new home in the Hollywood Hills.
There have been a few changes. I had to buy prescription sunglasses, which I never thought I would need back with I lived in Portland. And yesterday my route home from the coffee shop was blocked off by the police. Apparently a suspicious package needed to be checked out by the bomb squad.
I’m loving it though.
Even the domestic stuff. I have a kitchen that I actually use.
Turns out, I’m not a culinary failure. I totally made a couscous-bean-snap pea-barley stew thingie. And it was delicious!
This is what independence tastes like to me!
Anyhow, I should probably get back to work. I have some editing left to do on Invisible before I can return to work on Chelsea’s story!
Before I go, I’ve got one more thing to share…
My short story for the Magical Mayhem anthology is now complete…and the book can be purchased on October 1!!!!
The last time I wrote anything magical, I looked like this:
Uh oh, Elementary School Marni thinks my blogging time it up!
I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of it!